Speak & Spell

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Date Introduced
1978
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
1 1/8 x 7 x 10 in.
Manufacturer
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Credit Line
Gift of Gene Frantz and W.R. Hawkins
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Education; Games; Speech
Object ID
X122.82B

This educational toy, based on TI’s research in synthetic speech, was designed to help children learn to spell and pronounce 200 commonly misspelled words. The first Speak & Spell used a TMS1000 4-bit microprocessor with a custom Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for voice synthesis. Some hobbyists, eager to use the synthesizer for other projects, purchased the $50 machines just to extract the DSP, which was unavailable as a separate component.